Board of Directors

Kellen Eileen Kariuki

Kellen Eileen Kariuki
Chairperson, Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya

Appointment

Kellen was appointed to the Board in February 2020 and elected as the Chairperson of the Board in May 2021.

Experience

Kellen has strong and diverse skills in banking, strategy, corporate governance, finance, and leadership. She has held several senior positions at Citibank N.A. before joining the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority as the first Chief Executive Officer and Managing Trustee. She previously held non-executive director appointments at Resolution Insurance Limited, Citibank Uganda, the Kenya Roads Board, a nominee director of the IFC, none-executive director of AMREF Health Africa, AMREF Flying Doctors, and Chair of Citibank Tanzania Limited. Kellen is a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Strathmore Business School, is a Director at the Strathmore University Foundation and has served as an elected council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. She is currently the Managing Director of Feruzi Holdings Limited. Kellen holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting both from United States International University-Africa and an MSc. in International Human Resource Management from Cranfield University in the UK. Kellen is a Fellow Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (FCPA) and is currently pursuing a PhD at Strathmore University Business School.


Kariuki Ngari

Kariuki Ngari
Chief Executive Officer

Appointment

Kariuki was appointed to the Board in March 2019.

Experience

Kariuki is an accomplished career banker with 30 years of experience. He earned his recognition through successfully transforming the consumer banking divisions of Standard Chartered Bank Kenya and the Africa region. He is a seasoned financial professional and he has held various senior leadership roles across the industry. In addition to his current role as CEO, he was the Acting Regional Head , Consumer, Private and Business Banking for Africa, Middle East & Europe from 2019 – Feb 2022. Prior to this, he was the Global Head, Retail Distribution for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. He was instrumental in formulating global strategies for the future of Retail Branches and Voice & Virtual channels. Kariuki was the Regional Head of Retail Clients Africa between 2013 and 2015, and the Executive Director Kenya and East Africa from 2009 to 2013. He has also held senior positions in Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited.

Kariuki sits in several Boards including Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Ltd and UN Global Compact.

He is married with two children and enjoys farming and active involvement in community affairs during his leisure time.


Chemutai Murgor

Chemutai Murgor
Chief Financial Officer

Appointment

Chemutai was appointed to the Board in March 2007.

Experience

Chemutai has been with the Bank for 20 years and has wide experience in finance having worked previously as the Head of Finance as well as Head of Business Finance. Chemutai has also held various senior positions at Deloitte & Touche both in Kenya and the United Kingdom.


Peter Gitau

Peter Gitau
Chief Operating Officer

Appointment

Peter was appointed to the Board in April 2020.

Experience

Peter has over 28 years’ experience in operations, technology, risk management and internal/external audit. He has held senior roles in Standard Chartered including Chief Information Officer (East Africa), Group Head of Controls for Wholesale Banking Technology & Operations ( Singapore) and Head of Audit (Africa). In his early career Peter was part of the Assurance Services Practice in PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Birju Sanghrajka

Birju Sanghrajka
Head, Commercial, Corporate and Institutional Banking

Appointment

Birju was appointed to the Board in July 2021.

Experience

Birju has over 22 years of corporate banking experience, having started as a Graduate Trainee in Standard Chartered, Kenya. His career has seen him work in corporate banking, corporate finance and transaction banking, across Kenya, the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Birju’s last role prior to this appointment was the Head of Trade for Africa & Middle East in Transaction Banking, based in the United Arab Emirates.


Richard Etemesi

Richard Etemesi
Non-Executive Director

Appointment

Richard was appointed to the Board in June 2017.

Experience

Richard is a past Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited a position he held until March 2014. Richard then moved on to become Chief Executive Officer for South Africa and Southern Africa and later on became the Vice Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank, Africa. After a career spanning more than 28 years Richard recently retired from Standard Chartered Group in April 2021. Richard has experience in Banking, Finance and Compliance and has vast knowledge from different African markets. He serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank in Nigeria, Tanzania, Angola and Mauritius.


Ms. Julie Browne

Ms. Julie Browne
Non-Executive Director

Appointment

Julie was appointed to the Board in December 2020.

Experience

Julie is an accomplished corporate banker with more than 40 years’ experience garnered from working in a range of different roles within corporate and institutional banking for major international banks in London, South East Asia and Africa. Julie is the Chief Credit Officer responsible for Africa in Standard Chartered Bank and is based in Johannesburg. She joined Standard Chartered Bank in January 2005. She has served in various capacities including as a Senior Credit Officer, Commodities Risk ASEAN region based in Singapore and as the Head of Policy and Process, Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking and Private Banking. She sits on the Board of Standard Chartered Bank Mauritius as a Non-Executive Director. Julie holds a BSc. (Hons) in Financial Services from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.


Catherine Adeya-Weya

Dr. Catherine Adeya
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment

Catherine was appointed to the Board in January 2016.

Experience

Dr. Catherine Adeya is a seasoned Information Scientist with over 20 years working in technology and development, with rich experience across academia, civil society, government, and the private sector. She is an expert in bilateral and multilateral agency operations with consolidated expertise and excellent skills in research, project planning and execution, finance management and policy development. A strategic thinker with proven management and leadership skills, she has vast global exposure in the UK, the Netherlands, USA and across sub- Saharan Africa. Dr. Adeya has worked at the United Nations University/ Institute of New Technologies in the Netherlands; as a Director at the Ministry of ICT in Kenya; and was the founder CEO of Konza Technology City. She is currently the Director of Research at the World Wide Web Foundation. She is also a Non- Executive Director at UAP Old Mutual Holdings Limited and Adrian Kenya Limited. Dr. Adeya has a PhD in Information and Development from Edinburgh, Scotland. She has pursued further education like the Yale University ‘Executive Education – Women’s Leadership Program’ and Stanford University’ ‘Executive Education – Cybersecurity and Executive Strategy’.


Imtiaz Khan

Imtiaz Khan
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment

Imtiaz was appointed to the Board in August 2018.

Experience

Imtiaz has over 30 years of private equity investment, corporate finance advisory and audit experience in emerging and developed markets in Africa, Asia, the UK and USA. He manages Cassia Capital Partners, a regional private equity investment company which he co-founded. He previously worked with the IFC, investing in a wide range of banks and financial institutions in over a dozen countries across the world, and prior to that with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kenya and the UK. He has extensive board and corporate leadership experience, currently serving on the Boards of a number of Cassia’s investee companies. He previously served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Centum Investment Company PLC and several of its subsidiaries in Kenya, Uganda and Mauritius. Imtiaz teaches on the Stanford SEED program run by the Graduate Business School of Stanford University and is a mentor with Endeavor, one of the world’s leading networks of high impact entrepreneurs with a presence in over 40 countries around the world.


David Ong'olo

David Ong'olo
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment

David was appointed to the Board in January 2020.

Experience

David is an experienced private sector and development specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the economic development industry. He is skilled in Programme Management, Policy Analysis, Sectoral Analysis, and Strategic Planning. He was until February 2019, the Chairman of Competition Authority of Kenya. His early career included working as Deputy Chief Economist in charge of the Trade and Industry Division of the then Ministry of Planning and National Development, and Credit Specialist with the SDSR regional programme of the International Labour Organisation. He recently retired as Senior Policy Adviser (Economics) at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Nairobi, Kenya and is currently, the Managing Director of Matrix Development Consultants Limited. David is a director on the boards of Netherlands Business Hub Kenya Limited, CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment, Jitegemee Trust Limited and Jabali Microserve Limited. He is also the Chairperson of Standard Chartered Kenya Pension Fund and Standard Chartered Kenya Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme, 2006. David holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Economics from Lancaster University, UK.


Nivedita

Nivedita (“Nivi”) Sharma
Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointment

Nivedita Sharma was appointed to the Board in July 2021.

Experience

Nivi is an expert of technology, innovation and education in emerging markets. She is currently the CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, the global leader in rural infrastructure development that uses technology for needs assessment, engineering, to drive decision-making, and for operational efficiency. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer of BRCK, a connectivity company that provides free public Wi-Fi. Nivi has dedicated her career to access for children, youth and adults. She co-founded eLimu, the first company to digitize the Kenyan Primary School curriculum content for revision and literacy. Nivi is driven by learning, development, access, and impact. Nivi has served as an expert coach for the UK-Kenya Tech HUB Business Leaders Program and as a mentor at AkiraChix. She currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Software Technologies Limited and is a member of the Advisory Board of Jaza Energy. Nivi also supports and advises early stage founders in a variety of industries on scale and acceleration. Nivi holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Economics from Ithaca College, New York, USA. She is a 2014 East Africa Acumen fellow and a 2016 fellow of the Fast Forward leadership programme.


Judy Nyaga

Judy Nyaga
Company Secretary

Appointment

Judy was appointed as Company Secretary in December 2020.

Experience

Judy has over 20 years legal and corporate governance experience in the banking industry having worked at both Standard Chartered and other banks in Kenya. She has gained extensive knowledge and experience leading teams of company secretaries across various markets in Africa, Middle East, ASEAN and South Asia.